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>> thank you so much. now i would like to welcome two civic leaders known and loved throughout our city for their civic leadership and for their service. nancy hellman of the presidio trust and the larrybair -- and larry bair of the standards as the giant. we were pleased when they both agree to co-chair as our celebration. the steering committee has been to critical to success of this anniversary. have spearheaded the yearlong program of events and tributes, the anniversary weekend events, and have raised corporate and philanthropic funds to support this effort. nancye and mary, i invite you to introduce the ceremony of opening our anniversary gift to the bridge. please give a warm welcome to
nancye helmand bechtel and mr. larry baer. [applause] >> i have to say, it has been a real thrill for the entire year i worked on this. what could be better than to be involved that great icon back there? it is a work of art, it is an engineering marvel. when dennis was talking about the armed services, service personnel who came in and out of the bay, when we talk to them about being part of the celebration, they were thrilled to do it. as i said, more than just this beautiful icon we have, it was a symbol to them of liberty, democracy, and as they left, it was the last thing they saw as
they sailed out of the golden gate, the first thing that impressed them as they came back in. to our many service people throughout the world, it is an icon, exactly like the statue of liberty in new york city. it has been a pleasure to work with larry, co-chair. i think many people thought that he would be chosen because orange is the color of the san francisco giants, but that is not true. he was chosen because he is a great civic leader and a fourth generation, like i am. anyways, please welcome mr larry baer. [applause] >> thank you. it has taken me a little while to figure out, but i have realized i was selected because of my neck tie collection for work and my wife pam's scarf collection. i have to say, it has been a great pleasure working with you.
your leadership, creativity. i want to call out a few other people already. without him, it would have been impossible for the celebration to happen. greg moore, thank you so much for everything you have done. i also want to give special thanks to stacy slaughter, senior vice president of the giants. she issenior vice president of the giants. she has done so much to make all this happen as well. the bridge, as has been mentioned, is a symbol of the city to the world. but i want today just a second mentioning that it is also a symbol of the city and to all of us to those who live in and around the city. i grew up just over there in the richmond district and still live in that general area. i have to say that when things are rough, things are down, i
personally, and i believe a lot of other people do this, take a walk and look at the bridge. look at and are inspired by the creation and the sacrifice that went into building the bridge and think about what it means to our community. it is a symbol of life. i think that that is true of so many people, whether you live in the city or around the city or come to the city. this again it is something we can pause and think about. it is something very special. it is also a symbol to the world that our baseball team embraces. last friday night, the giants war in our game against the a's -- the giants wore some of the anniversary patches, and we won the game. [laughter] [applause] in the eighth inning, and this is some of you have seen, as we go to the bottom of the eighth inning, we play one of two
songs. both in journey songs. one isli the oneghts." we play that it we are had -- one is "lights, to which we play for your head. the other one if we are behind is "don't stop believing." with those presentations, there are themes of san francisco, but there is always one theme that pops up, and it is a picture of the bridge. and that theme always gets a roaring applause. i think it is very special that we have so many wonderful icons in the city and so much going on but the bridge stands apart. next time you're at a game, noticed in the bottom of the eighth presentation, before the bottom of the it's, you will see that bridge pop and people go crazy. it is very special.
a year-and-a-half ago, two years ago, we took to deciding on a way to commemorate the world series, a ring to commemorate the world series win. the people at the giants and the people at tiffany's got together to figure out what should be on the ring. not a lot of room necessarily, although it is pretty dog gone big. and there was one image that had to be placed on the ring, and you can guess what that images. very proudly, everybody, every player that played for the giants that year wears the ring probably, as the front office members. the ring with the golden gate bridge as the symbol front and center as a part of that ring. i wanted to once again acknowledge, because they have been so central to what we have been able to accomplish with this anniversary celebration, our sponsors, our tower supporters. wells fargo, celebrating its 160
it anniversary this year. they have just been phenomenal. talk about the perfect connection to the bridge with their history. hewlett-packard, who as a breeze to engineering and innovation, just as the bridge represents innovation. they are another partner. genentech. also an educational partner and an innovator in the health care world. and kaiser permanente a who saw the power of the bridge in the surrounding park lands to bring exercise to the community and the millions of people who, thanks to the wonderful work that has been done over the years in congress, have allowed our surrounding areas here to be full of people that walk, jog, and by the bridge a nearby park lands. please join me in thanking these towers sponsors. [applause] quickly, at the cable and
builders of a ship level, again, really rock rib, san francisco bay area companies that mean so much to our communities that have joined us. levi strauss, chevron, pg&e, odwalla, handsome bridget, and spec products. they're usually responsible with this week in and celebrating a bridge that connects all of us whether you live here or a far. thank you so much. [applause] >> we're almost there, folks. mary and nancy, thank you again so much. and to all of your steering committee members for your incomparable leadership at the 75th anniversary of our golden gate bridge. before we go unwrapped our gift to the bridge, i want to thank all of you for being here with us today. it has been a real pleasure and
an honor for us to have you here. our official program is going to end in a few minutes. before we move across to the street, we're going to move to the renovated roundhouse and pavilion. they have a giant scissors, and we're going to cut the ribbon. but now, before we do that, from the cast of "beach blanket babylon," please welcome tammy nelson, who will get us in the gift openings spirit. come on up, tammy. [cheers and applause] >> whoa. >> i do expect you all to support me on this, not just by listening, but by singing along. ♪ >> it only takes a tiny corner of this great big world to find a place
that you love my home upon the hill i find i love you still i've been away but now i'm back to tell you san francisco open your golden gate you let no stranger wait outside your door san francisco here is you're wondering one saying no wonder no more the places only make me love you tell me your the heart of all the golden west the golden west san francisco
welcome me home again i'm coming home to thgo roamingo more ♪ [cheers and applause] >> good morning. i want to thank everyone for coming. you can tell by the group as an old -- assembled around me that the mayor has a big announcement to think. i want to thank the supervisors for taking time out of their day to be here. we have the police commission, fire commission, command stocks
of both police and fire, the current class in the police academy, and the presidents of local 798 and the poa. without further ado, the mayor of san francisco, ed lee. >> good morning. thank you for joining me here at the san francisco police academy. also for joining the men and women who serve our city and all their public safety responsibilities. i want to thank the supervisors that are here today. certainly i want to think chief suhr as well as chief hayes- white for being here. i want to give my personal operation -- appreciation to tom o'connor and our police officers association for working so closely with us. we have some great announcements today and something that no have been waiting on for quite some time. but before i do that, i just
want to express to the cadets that standing behind me, i really want to thank you for all of your work for the police and fire commissioners. i cannot really stand -- say enough about your commitment, your family's commitment, your dedication to our city as you complete your training here. to our fire personnel, especially our fire department training staff, thank you for your continued service in your important work in training the next generation of firefighters. the first for our police department. the police to barman is committed to being a world-class police department. a leader among urban police departments by hiring and promoting talented officers and professional staff, employing the highest standards of performance, the best practices in policing and accountability, and reflecting the values of world-class city that it deserves.
we have brought the city's violent crime rate down to historic lows and implemented in a bit of crime-prevention strategies to keep san francisco the safest big city in our country. our officers have dedicated long hours to protecting our citizens and have shown a commitment to finding better methods to deliver police services to victims of crime. volunteer time, both on and off duty to provide at-risk kids an opportunity and positive attitude with in their neighborhoods. a goal to be a mentor to new officers as they begin a career in a dangerous yet rewarding profession. with the expiration of the deferred retirement option program, the so-called drop program, the department is certain there will continue to be significant retirements. the program will end in june 2014 and will have a total of attrition of 265 officers over the three-year time span that
began in 2011. so today, i am here to announce to chief suhr that we have developed a multi-year staffing program that will reach the city charter mandated 1971 folded the officers. in the next two-year budget, which will be unveiling tomorrow, will -- we will be finding six police academy classes over the next 24 months. 2012 to 2014. the budget reflects hiring 300 officers, 50 per class, over the next two years. we will continue to hire three classes of 50 officers for the next six years. a six year time span. we anticipate to reach the city charter mandate of 1971 officers by june 2018. how about that? [applause]
and i will say this, we cannot have done it without collaboration from everyone, but also knowing that our city is exhibiting recovery economically, we can do this, and this has been a priority for my administration. we have been glad to work with the police officers association and all the officers, staff, and commission to get this done. keeping our cities it also requires the talented men and women of our fire department -- keeping our city safe. from the emt's to the paramedics to the firefighters, the san francisco fire department has been protecting our city for more than a century, and its members of moderately -- honorably risk their lives for our citizens. all the services that they provide, ranging from education to community work to putting a
dangerous fires, our city cannot continue to function as a safe and secure city that it is. we are announcing today 6 fire academy classes over the next six years. like the police the bernie, our fire department is also facing challenges. from retirees and a challenge -- we're looking at challenges in a fiscally responsible way. the current personnel is lower than it has been in the past decade. the additional firefighters were -- will help the department use less overtime. we have one h3 level 1 emt class in the fiscal year 2012-2013, slated to begin in july of this year. this will result in a net increase of 20emt's to the fire department. in the coming years, whether in the middle of the net as a first responder to a fire when the majority of our city is sleeping or in the broad daylight, with
the international spotlight on america's cup, the san francisco fire department will guard, protect, and support our city, inspire our young people and continue to be a model in the tradition of excellence. our san francisco police department and the fire department are responsible for providing public safety services to those who work, live, and visit our great city. this is a monumental task, one that requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and above all, care and patience. i personally want to thank gary from the police officers association. all the visits to have made to the office and all the work you have done, but also your steadfast leadership in your patients, most above all. i know you have gone through many years and several mayors. -- and also your patience. to tom o'connor, firefighter's 798. thank you for being patient and
being here as well. i know have been through some hard times in the past year, year-and-a-half. i want to continue working with you and gary to make sure you know that this administration will work closely with u.s. we welcome in these new classes and make sure that our overtime is lower and that excitement of working in these departments continues. i look forward to working with everybody together and for our community to continue and make our world-class city even more safer. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much, mayor lee, not just for your comments but for the staffing that has just been announced. i also have to say thank you to the three members of the board behind me. supervisor scott wiener. supervisor malia cohen, supervisor carmen chu. and the other members for their
support in making public safety a priority. the president is here somewhere. and the rest of the police commission. this is just a tremendous day for san francisco. we have made tremendous inroads in impacting violent crime over the last few years. it is because of our staffing and the community support to do it through the community policing in the engagement of young people. this will allow us to keep doing that. we're going to lose close to 300 officers with the sunset of drop, and maybe another 100 officers before the summer of 2015. this will dramatically impact that. what the academy is is 29 weeks for entry level officers. eight weeks for lateral transfers. that includes a one-week fire arm training, one-week vehicle operation steny, one-week of officers of rival, and then continued use of force and physical training throughout. -- one-week vehicle operation
training, one week of officer survival. and community policing. the mayor mentioned gary. none of the efficiencies that we have had could have ever happened without the support of gary and the other members of the board of directors of the poa. the officers have stepped up, worked different hours, worked more weekends, gondar schedule changes, all in the effort to keep -- worked through schedule changes, all in the effort to keep san francisco 6. and will introduce chief hayes- white from the fire department. >> thank you. good morning. thank you, chief suhr. it is a great day. all the people behind me, fairly unprecedented to have such collaboration that the mayor talked about. a great announcement. we truly need the staffing. thank you for your support, a commitment to have consistent hiring over the next six years in the san francisco fire department.
as the mayor stated, we are at an all-time low in terms of our fire fighters to remain committed to serve. we're first responders to fires and emergency medical calls in the city. in recent years, we have not been able to hire to match the level of retirement. we had to face heavy reliance on overtime. that has become an issue for our department. we're delighted to hear that there will be consistent hiring. we're looking forward to having an infusion of new professionals that we will train to become san francisco firefighters, emt's, and paramedics. i cannot have happened without this caliber that ever. i would like to thank all the members here representing the san francisco fire department. we have our training staff. training is the foundation in any organization. you need a strong foundation in training. i am proud of the members of training that are here. i would also like to it knowledge the captain + that is here with engine 26, the
neighborhood fire station. as no, one year on this matter that we lost two firefighters from that station. we are proud to have you here representing the fire department. and president tom o'connor and the great efforts of local 798 to continue to push me, pushed the mayor, and to advocate for having full staffing in our department. i would also like to acknowledge the president of the fire commission, joined by commissioners. without your support, i do not think we would be here today. certainly, we have our partners in the department of emergency management that are here. 911, they're the unsung heroes. but they are a huge part of the city's efforts in how we apply our public safety resources. the executive branch of government under the mayor, working with the mayor's budget office, this year has been a particular challenge. they have stepped up every step of the way. they understand and have difficult decisions to make. they have been instrumental in
getting us to where we are. and the legislative branch of government, with supervisor winner here today and supervisor -- supervisor wiener here today and supervisor cohen and the rest of the board. and supervisor carmen chu, interprofessional, someone that understands the complexities of balancing the city budget -- a true professional. thank you very much for all of your efforts. we're very pleased that over the course of the next six years, at least every year we will be bringing in a class of the firefighters. for that, we're grateful. i know one of the big questions will be how that will impact your overtime. we have had heavy reliance on overtime. we're glad to be able to bring that level back down with the infusion of new members in our san francisco fire department. on july 9, we will be bringing in 30 emt's. we'll get the ball rolling shortly thereafter with a class of 42 h2 firefighters.
i am proud to serve as fire chief. i love working with chief suhr. he is my public safety partner. we collaborate. under major league, this is great news for all citizens -- under mayor lee. we are committed to serve our public and protect the public. that is what we will do. we will continue to do that, but it will be easier having the commitment to have regular classes coming in every year. so thank you very much. [applause] >> next up, the chair of the budget committee, supervisor chu. the mayor speaks often of the spirit of collegiality that has overtaken city hall and the unenviable task of figuring out how to parcel out the budget is done masterfully by supervisor chu, and she has some comments
to make. [applause] supervisor chu: today, i am joined that only by supervisors -- not only by supervisors cohen and wiener but in spirit by the supervisors who could not be here today. we have spoken highly about making sure that we not only keep the city safe but keep every single neighborhood dedicated to community policing and making sure we provide the best level of public safety possible. i just want to be here to be supportive of this announcement. we worked very hard together on this announcement, and i know we will have many conversations to come in coming months, but one of the areas i did want to emphasize is the fact that this is the first time we are talking about investment in public
safety over a period of time. we have always talked about how many classes we will be putting into the budget on a one-year basis. last year, for the first time, we were able to look at the budget through a five-year lens. this is the first and we're looking at the budget from a two-year balancing perspective. to be able to make a commitment to continue to invest in public safety over time is something i am extremely proud of and i think it sends us in a good direction. it is important to look at not only where we are now but how many retirements we might be seeing in the future and to really plan for that. that is the only way we can keep our public safety personnel at the level we need to continue to protect the members of the public. i want to thank the mayor for this historic announcement but for really keeping perspective -- and for keeping perspective in the long term out there. congratulations to the mayor and to the chief for this announcement, and again, my colleagues look forward to working with you on the budget.
[applause] >> before we wrap up, i want to acknowledge and give an opportunity to supervisors cohen and wiener to say a few words. they have been so supportive, whether they like it or not. [laughter] >supervisor wiener: thank you fr doing this. it was only a few years ago, before i was on the board, when seven supervisors voted to strip almost $100 million out of the public safety budget. unfortunately, they fell one vote short of the eight votes needed -- fortunately, they fell one vote short of the eight votes needed. i think the board understands that having public safety -- having adequate public safety is critical to the quality of life. we work directly with our district captains every day on
public safety issues in our neighborhood. the one thing we hear over and over again is that we do not have enough officers on the beat. we do not have at as much -- we did not have enough officers to do as much foot patrol at as we want. when you look at the numbers in the department, they have consistently gone down over the last number of years, and we know it will continue to go down in a pretty catastrophic way if we do not do something about it. last year at the board through the budget process we put in a police academy class, showing the commitment to adequate staffing of our public safety agencies. it is very exciting that we now see three academy class is in the police department a year going forward for a number of years -- three academy classes in the police department a year going forward. we will be supporting our fire department and cutting down on overtime and making sure we are overtime and making sure we are supporting the critical work the